With a speciality in serving absolutely delicious steaks paired with an array of wonderful accompanying side dishes and a fantastic match of wines, Cristina’s is allowing Barking to finally have the quality restaurant it deserves, while keeping the prices for locals both fair and affordable.
Cristina’s is run by the ever-friendly and passionate Cristina Bumbuc. When not managing the front-of-house of the restaurant, she works alongside her two fantastic chefs who have over 15 years steak-grilling experience at 4-5 star steak restaurants. Her goal with the restaurant is to serve quality food in a relaxed, calming atmosphere to the locals of Barking at both fair and affordable prices.
Cristina’s will take you by surprise, tingle your tastebuds and leave you eager to return again.
Prime bistro steak cooked pink & juicy. Served with cristina's skinny fries & salad (trust us, its perfect!)
grilled rosemary-infused chicken breast, with pickled onions served in a brioche bun, with fries
The Fillet (10oz)
Soft & tender, the queen of steaks
Food was ok. 2 of our mains and 1 starter came out cold and had to send them back to be re done. We have had much better steaks and burgers in other steak houses. Really not sure what all the fuss is about this place.
We waited a long time to pay the bill, attempting to call over a member of staff for around 15 minutes. Failing this, we decided to get up and pay at the till. Service aside, this place was a great find.
Great value for money and a really nice setting. My food was amazing
Great experience yet again! Can't advocate this little Barking gem enough!
Food was very tasty and portion was huge. Service and ambience was great too. Will definitely go back.
Food was very good will b going again
Porterhouse steak and king prawn with kale starter taste divine.
My 3rd visit in the last 6 months. Absolutely delicious quality food, lovely service and a calm and friend ambience. The place is always busy so be sure to reserve a table.
As per usual, best food and service. I visit at least twice a month and this is by far the best burger joint for me
Had an amazing starter and mains were cooked to perfection. Overall steak was great, burger was amazing and vegetarian was tasty! And virgin mojito was on point with the balance of oboist Only reason for a 4 star is we had apple strudel dessert which was a big disappointment it had walls ice cream which was tasteless and the strudel was not great either. Other than that highly recommend
Excellent meat and excellent service
Parking is bit tight
My most favourite restaurant that never fails to disappoint!
I have eaten here before and the food is good however on this day there weren’t many options left for pescatarians. I understand they are famous for their steaks but running out on other dishes just meant we had to go elsewhere for dinner. It was an inconvenience. It won’t stop us going back there, as it really does do good food, I will just double check they have other options available!
Very very good food as always and very professional waitress and a very good chef’s I will go back any time and will highly recommended to anyone 🍾🥂 🥩🍔
Very good value for money and quality of steak. Sometimes are better than others in terms of steak cookery, but the standard is still very high.
Menu is not overpriced and the staff has always been very helpful, friendly and welcoming. Atmosphere is simple and casual, just how we like it.
Would definitely recommend.
Food is good. Service was okay, one of the staff was ignoring us while attending everyone else for a good 20 mins. Needs to expand and have more seating areas.
lovely, affordable, and delicious meal for meat/steak lovers! the customer service is casual yet really good! always lovely to visit
It was my first time at Cristina's and I will definitely be back as a regular customer. The waitress was so lovely and made the experience more enjoyable. She went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with everything. I had the lamb shank and mac n cheese. It was aboslutely lovely.
Amazing food. Really nice to have a restaurant like this is Barking.
Wasn’t the greatest of experience. Wife’s rib eye was requested medium well and came quite cold. Was then warmed up but really didn’t taste amazing. Steaks were quite expensive and the taste didn’t match the price tag. I may go again as I’ve heard the burgers are nice. I’d say the steaks are a miss for sure! Also did take an age for food however was a busy Friday night. Finally a huge group were in attendance and really made a racket. Would probably recommend a lunch tome visit.
The first time I came, the food & service was great. I then recommended it to my friend for dinner. However, when we arrived, we were told we only had one hour to eat, even though we were ordering steaks. We also booked the table a few days in advance, I had even called to confirm the booking. This would have been the best chance for the staff to inform us about the hour slot we had. As that would have changed my mind about coming to this restaurant. The staff kept rushing us & everyone around, they were quickly asking everyone to place their orders as soon as so that they could so that they could also leave as soon as. The food was okay. It was definitely better the first time I went.
I love Christina’s. Best place to eat in Barking.
The food was amazing and excellent value for money, staff were very friendly and on call :)
This is the best steakhouse - and its Halal! No pork on the premises. Spacious tables. Excellent service. Whatever dish you order - it will be delicious. My favourite is the Fillet. T Bone is great but big. Strongly recommended - but you need to book in advance - very high demand. Clientele is also good.
Amazing food at such affordable prices, you feel like you're ripping them off coz it's so good; yet if you go to other restaurants of similar food quality, you'll be paying at least double the price.
Left this review elsewhere but we made a booking via open table and arrived 10 mins early. We were seated, and ordered promptly. Within an hour we were done with mains and waited to order dessert. The waiter came over and informed us that his manager had said we can’t order dessert because the table was required.
A table that we had booked!
2 of the main dishes (brisket burger and the Mess burger) were unavailable on the night, as were 2 of the 4 mocktails. The owner, Cristina, was not apologetic about the rude service she was responsible for and her arrogance is why we won’t be going again.
Friend actually recommended this restaurant. It’s local, it’s great value for money and my gosh the food is delish.
Great service. It will definitely be a regular for us.
One word though -Book!!! It is a busy place and I saw a lot of people walk in expecting table right away - it’s clearly too popular!
Food is fab, a little slow on the service but I guess it’s a small place so it’s understandable!
Cristina's is a hidden gem in the Barking/Ilford area.
This was my second visit and it didn't disappoint.
The portions are huge, the food is melt in your mouth and very reasonably priced.
My only gripe is I wanted the slow-roasted beef rib without the sweet potatoes, please consider allowing more flexibility in choice.
Other than that, I say get yourself booked there sharpish!
Excellent Christmas meal with friends. Lovely food and wine as always and great service
I would definitely recommend the restaurant The staff were lovely the food was delicious but it was far to naughty for me.
Great value, steak was lovely. Enjoyed the fries and mushroom sauce with it. Service was under pressure with a full room but always served with a smile
It was a great dining experience. The food was amazing. The steak was cooked exactly how i requested and the same for the rest of my group.
This is the second time we have been to Christinas and as always service was brilliant. We had gone in on Sunday for the Roast but sadly it was over salted! We didn’t complain due to the fact we was on a mad time schedule but I know if we did mention it they would have sorted it. Great service and will try go back for maybe something different.
We came for Sunday lunch for my mother in law's birthday, was delicious as always. The roast is one of the best, the fish and chips and brisket burger looked amazing and the desserts were as yummy as ever. Staff are always friendly and accommodating, so glad we have this local gem of a restaurant.
The food was very tasty and cooked well. I had chicken supreme and the meat was juicy and the mash was soft and buttery. The gravy accompaniment was thick and flavoursome. We were going on to the theatre and the staff were very mindful that we were time limited. Staff so pleasant and the atmosphere really comfortable.
Food was delicious, staff were amazing.
Nice and cosy environment
Overall when seated to benign acknowledged for food service it was a smooth transaction. Quality food and will be returning soon.
Lovely steak meal with lovely starters. Recommend this restaurant highly. Xx
Food portions are huge, only had main course but that was more than adequate. Very busy, I had booked ahead, no free tables and people were being turned away.
Food was delicious.
Cristina's is rated 4.5 stars by 408 OpenTable diners.
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